We’re proud to be the voice of NZ retailers.
As the peak body for New Zealand retailers, advocacy is a core mission of Retail NZ. We passionately bat on issues that matter to retailers. By lobbying Government ministers and policymakers, we make sure your interests are heard at the Beehive. Also, you may have seen us in the media. Our strong presence in the news helps Kiwis become more aware of the retail sector’s challenges. Our purpose is to help retailers succeed and to strengthen NZ inc.
Retail Advocacy – What we stand for:
- Reducing the cost of doing business.
- A fair playing field for all NZ retailers.
- Growing opportunities for retailers, to help you deliver great shopping experiences.
- Minimising red tape & compliance requirements that get in the way.
- Allowing consumers to make their own informed decisions about shopping.
- Ensuring the retail industry is recognised as a key contributor to New Zealand’s economic prosperity.
Retail NZ is in tune with current issues faced by retail business owners. Your voice matters: the input and feedback we receive from our members is invaluable to our retail advocacy work.
Here’s what retail business issues we’re working on right now:
COVID-19 and your business
Right through the COVID-19 crisis, Retail NZ has been in the ear of Government seeking the best outcomes for the retail sector. On everything from the Wage Subsidy to rent relief to the restrictions applying at each lockdown level, we’re there lobbying for the solutions which best help retailers.
RECENT WIN: Levelled the playing field for NZ retailers
Prior to 1 December 2019, foreign businesses could sell into NZ without paying GST, creating an unfair tax loophole for overseas online retailers. After several years of dedicated advocacy work, we achieved this win for New Zealand retailers and e-tailers.
High costs of accepting card payments
New Zealand retailers pay significantly more than our counterparts in Australia and the UK to accept contactless scheme debit and credit payment types. We’re asking the Government to increase the oversight and transparency of New Zealand’s retail payment systems. This is the first step towards fairer merchant fees.
The retail sector is actively working to address sustainability issues. Retail NZ has been working with others over many years to reduce the level of packaging waste and to minimise its impacts if it enters the environment. The ban on single-use plastic shopping bags has come into effect as of 1 July 2019.
Want to know more?
If you have enquiries about these or any other issues affecting your retail business email [email protected].